Young Jim Hawkins lives a quiet life as the son of an innkeeper. This all changes when an ancient sailor takes up lodging at the inn. Jim is both horrified and fascinated by the captain's bloody stories. When the old man dies without paying his bill, Jim must search the sailor's one possession, a large sea-chest, for payment. He unknowingly pockets an old map from the chest. But Jim is not the only one interested in the sea-chest and has to flee when a group of cut-throats appears to ransack the few possessions of the old sailor.
The family doctor recognizes the map as the key to a fortune. This commences a Caribbean treasure hunt, with the pirates only steps behind! Seventeen set sail, how many will return? This novel launched Stevenson on his long and fascinating writing career, and was the beginning of the pirate genre, with peg-legs, parrots, pieces-of-eight and the original Long John Silver....Continua
In this book you find everything that should be in a pirate story: buccaneers with speaking parrots on their shoulder, hidden treasures, maps with red crosses to mark the spot, mutiny, treachery, tropical islands, pirate songs, ghosts and terrible stories and of course a lot of rum.
Brought me back to all the pirate adventure I loved so much as a child.
Il libro ha una bella storia ed è abbastanza scorrevole ma nei punti in cui l'autore usa un linguaggio prettamente marittimo, per chi come me a mala pena distingue prua e poppa, non è affatto facile capire cosa sta succedendo e ancora più difficile andare avanti per intere pagine senza capire quasi nulla....Continua
I read Treasure Island for the first time when I was a kid, and, to be honest, I didn’t appreciate it very much. At that time, I was more attracted by Salgari’s pirate novels, I liked his vivid descriptions of the exotic places where his stories were set.
On the contrary, Stevenson’s book is much more a coming of age story than an adventure novel, no wonder it wasn’t welcomed by someone more interested in plot than in the psychology of the characters, and I was such a boy. Now, I’ve rediscovered the book, and seen it under a completely different perspective.
One of the most striking feature of this work is that the whole story revolves around the ambiguity of morality; though that might be seen as an unusual topic for children literature, I think that Stevenson’s mastery was to make accessible to everyone the fact that we live in a non ideal world, where wise decisions are often the result of a compromise. There could be good or bad compromises, however the choice among different options depends entirely on us.
After all, Jim Hawkins, both main character and narrator, at the end of the story says: “all of us had an ample share of the treasure and used it wisely or foolishly , according to our nature”....Continua
Mi dispiace non avere letto questo libro quando avevo 10 anni, anche se è un libro che si presta ad essere letto a qualsiasi età.
Una storia eterna che non invecchierà mai.
I personaggi sono ben definiti, ben descritta è la loro psicologia e vivide sono le loro emozioni.
Nessuno è il "cattivo" e nessuno è il "buono".
Meravigliosi i dialoghi.
Stupendi i pirati, pronti ad uccidere all'istante ma rispettosi di un codice di regole e comportamenti propri della loro "corporazione".
Tremo ancora al pensiero della voce del capitano Flint che urla "pezzi da otto... pezzi da otto...".
Insomma, una storia che merita l'immortalità di cui gode.